Friday, October 5th: Fermatas
I was very curious to see how today was going to actually go for me. I have felt pretty comfortable with fermatas in the past but I never realized that I was only comfortable with a few of them (stop completely, brief pause). This exercise was extremely helpful because it forced me to actually think about the fermatas and what I want them to accomplish! I was very pleased that I was able to accomplish the "roll-stop" fermata. I got the ensemble to do what I wanted them to do which was very encouraging. I think we all can agree that that has to be one of the hardest kinds of fermata so I will continue to work on it!
I felt that I knew the music very well which enabled me to make more eye contact with the ensemble. By having more eye contact, the conductor is able to connect to the ensemble and ensure that everyone is on the same page! It is great that you all perform what you see because it allows all of us conducting to hear how we are conducting. It is such great feedback!
For the future, I hope I can take what Dr. Mehaffey mentioned and not wait for the group to catch up to me. I really need to find that balance of being a little ahead of the ensemble but not waiting around. If anyone has any suggestions or feedback, it would be much appreciated! Thanks!